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Callaghan Lake Provincial Park

  • Road Conditions: Use extra caution in sections where winter storms have caused erosion. For current conditions on FSRs check the “Road Information website.
  • Help keep Callaghan Lake beautiful. Visitors who wish to have a campfire must bring their own firewood supply and use established metal fire pits. There are no garbage facilities, so always pack out what you pack in!
  • Current information on fire restrictions can be found at the “BC Wildfire Management Branch website.”

About This Park

Callaghan Lake Provincial Park The Callaghan Valley is a prime year round backcountry recreation area. It is also the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics nordic sports venue (Whistler Olympic Park) for cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski jumping and nordic combined.

Callaghan Lake Park receives an average snow pack of 275 centimetres, which may yield 150 days of skiing. The rolling subalpine terrain with interspersed meadows is well suited to Nordic Skiing, and the steeper slopes offer telemark and alpine ski touring opportunities.

Other opportunities at this park include rustic lakeside camping, canoeing, boating, fishing and hiking. There are numerous wetlands and small lakes, especially in the southern and eastern areas of the park, and in the upper headwaters of Callaghan Creek.

Park Size: 2,667 hectares
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. The park is easily accessed in summer from Highway 99, 70 km north of Vancouver or 20 km south of Whistler. Turn north off the highway onto the paved Callaghan Valley Road for 8 kilometres, then turn left following a rough, gravel Forest Service road (Callaghan FSR 01) for another 8 kilometres. High clearance vehicles are recommended. The Forest Service Road is not plowed in winter and instead becomes a groomed cross country ski trail. The closest community, town or city is Whistler.

Maps and Brochures

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Nature and Culture

  • Conservation: The park is known to contain the blue-listed species Pleuropogon refractus (nodding semaphore grass) in boggy areas.
  • Wildlife: A variety of wildlife exists within the park and surrounding area, such as bobcat (Lynx rufus), cougar (Felis concolor), coyote (Canis latrans), mink (Mustela vison), Douglas’ squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) and weasel (Mustela frenata). Large mammal species present or probable include black bear (Ursus americanus), grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilus), Columbian black-tailed deer (Odecoileus hemionus columbianus), and mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus). Transient species include moose (Alces alces), wolverine (Gulo gulo) and wolf (Canus lupus).
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Online management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Fishing

Fishing

Callaghan Lake offers easily accessible subalpine fishing for trout and char from the shoreline or a small boat. Fishing potential at Cirque Lake is unknown.. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Although Hiking trails have not been formally developed in the park, there is access to numerous backcountry routes that may be gained from the rough marked trail leading to Conflict Lake and Ring Lake. Cirque Lake is an alpine lake at 1,4990 metres elevation, requires a boat to cross the lake and is accessible via a rough, unmarked, non-maintained hiking trail.

Outside of the park, in the adjacent Madely Lake valley to the east, is a marked and maintained trail to Hanging Lake, Rainbow Lake and Whistler.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted in the park. Please confirm with the Hunting and Trapping regulations for specific details. All hunters require applicable hunting licences.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Whether you are on or off trail in the park during the winter, you are in a wilderness area. Anyone venturing into the backcountry does so at their own risk. Visitors should be well prepared, equipped and informed before entering the backcountry. The winter climate can be severe and unforgiving with weather conditions changing quickly. Heavy snow and poor weather will significantly increase the difficulty of skiing and snowshoeing. Cellular phone coverage is minimal in the park - do not rely on a phone for emergency or communication purposes!

Winter backcountry travel hazards exist, including avalanches and potentially unsafe ice and snow layers on Callaghan Lake. Visitors must be familiar with recognition and avoidance of avalanche terrain and conditions and with conditions on the lake. Backcountry visitors should be appropriately equipped with avalanche transceivers, probes, snow shovels, first aid kits and have adequate knowledge of avalanche assessment skills and avalanche rescue procedures.

For current Avalanche Bulletins check out http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest/south-coast
For more information visit http://www.avalanche.ca/

There are no garbage facilities, so always pack out what you pack in!

The pit toilet at the summer campsite is user maintained in winter and may be largely buried by snow.

The snowmobile corridor through the park was closed in 2009, to be consistent with the broader non-motorize management direction in the Upper Callaghan Valley. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts issued a Recreation Order closing the upper Callaghan Valley to motorized use. This recreation order will be in effect from November 1 to May 15 of each year hereafter. Callaghan Lake Park is open to non-motorized use only during this period. For more information, please refer to this map [PDF 2.52MB] and to the Recreation Sites and Trails BC website.

Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures operates a commercial cross-country ski operation which includes 4 km of groomed trails within the park (of the total 38 km in its operating area), and a mountain cabin backcountry lodge west of the park in the adjacent Callaghan Conservancy. The operator also may offer a shuttle service for skiers to Callaghan Lake in winter.

Both Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures and Whistler Olympic Park offer an extensive, marked, snowshoe trail system (trail use fees in effect).
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

This park has a very rough, undeveloped car top gravel boat launch. Boats can be left in the water or beached overnight at the owner’s risk. There is no dock or marina to moor boats. There is no water skiing on the lake. A 10 horsepower boat motor restriction is proposed for Callaghan Lake as per the draft park management plan.
Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted in established fire pits only.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a rough, dirt day-use/camping/parking area with one pit toilet, an information sign and no picnic tables.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has one pit toilet only at the end of the rough road at Callaghan Lake.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers informal vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. The current camping area is an informal, confined area at the end of the road, close to the lake. This camping area can accommodate 4 - 6 tents or high clearance camper trucks. Camping is available only in snow free months (mid-June to end of October). There is no fee.

There are no garbage facilities, so always pack out what you pack in!

There is a long term, ongoing subalpine plants re-vegetation project surrounding the campsites, so please respect the closure areas and keep to the main marked trails.

The closest store is located in Whistler (Function Junction) approximately 20 kilometres away.